You can use the Shift+Esc keyboard shortcut to invoke the chromium task
manager, which allows inspecting the memory used by each tab and
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Severe memory leak: 13 GB RAM in 3-4 hours
Status in chromium-browser package in Ubuntu:
I am on Bionic with a new Lenovo X1 Yoga (2nd gen., current model)
with 16 GB RAM.
For some weeks now chromium-browser has a severe memory leak. It fills
up 13 GB of the 16 GB RAM in 3-4 hours, independent how frequently I
use the browser in this time.
I use many tabs (~20-30) and as add-ons I use Adblock Plus, Ulmon
CityMaps2Go, and Google Dictionary. Next time Chromium blows up I will
remove one of them to find out if an add-on is the culprit.
When Chromium fills up the memory sometimes the computer gets simply
slow, sometimes the rendering engine goes away (all tabs are simply
solid grey instead of shown their web page), and/or there are pop-up
windows about add-ons having crashed.
To get rid of the blown-up Chromium I run "top" in a terminal window,
sort by memory occupation (Shift + M) and kill the process making the
first place in the list (K, then 2 times Enter). This blown-up process
is always the master process of Chromium, not one of the tabs, as
killing this process pulls down Chromium completely (and frees the
"About Chromium" shows:
Version 64.0.3282.167 (Official Build) Built on Ubuntu , running on
Ubuntu 18.04 (64-bit)
till@till-x1yoga:~$ dpkg -l | grep chrom
ii chromium-browser 64.0.3282.167-0ubuntu1
amd64 Chromium web browser, open-source version of Chrome
ii chromium-browser-l10n 64.0.3282.167-0ubuntu1
all chromium-browser language packages
ii chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra 64.0.3282.167-0ubuntu1
amd64 Extra ffmpeg codecs for the Chromium Browser
ii libchromaprint1:amd64 1.4.3-1
amd64 audio fingerprint library
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